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2014 League Hot and Priority Bill List

April 28, 2014
The 2014 Legislative Session is in full swing and there is no shortage of bills that have caught the League’s attention.
 
The following list reflects bills of current priority interest to the League with support or oppose positions. Bill tiles are hyperlinked to provide additional information on current bill status and find sample letters that cities can use. As the legislative session progresses, bills may be added/subtracted and positions are subject to change.
 
SUPPORT
 
HOT AB 1147 (Gomez): Massage therapy.  
This bill will be amended to return local land use control back to cities and counties as well as authorize local governments to adopt ordinances that would require massage establishments to comply with reasonable health and safety requirements, abide by hours of operation and pay appropriate business license fees.
 
AB 1439 (Salas): Unfair business practices: contest and sweepstakes.  
Prohibits the operation of a gambling themed, or simulated gambling electronic video monitor, in a business establishment that gives cash or other prizes of value. It would also authorize the California Attorney General, as well as district attorneys or city attorneys to bring civil suit to subject operators to civil penalties for violations.
 
HOT AB 1521 (Fox): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocations: vehicle license fee adjustments.
Restores funding stability to cities that annex inhabited territory, and re-establishes a foundation that supports sustainable and compact growth policies.
 
AB 1582 (Mullin): Redevelopment: successor agencies: Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule.
Extends the existing Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS) process from once every six months to once per year. Shifting the ROPS process from every six months to once per year will save staff time by avoiding repetitive processing of non-controversial items; an annual cycle will also improve predictability for many former redevelopment agency debts that need to be repaid over several decades.
 
HOT AB 1839 (Gatto): Income taxes: qualified motion pictures.
Addresses the out-of-state competition facing California’s film industry by extending the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program by five years, lifting the per-film budget limitation on the tax credit so that larger films will be able to qualify, and offering additional incentives for specified film and television production activities.
 
AB 1963 (Atkins): Redevelopment.
Removes the existing statutory deadline of Jan. 1, 2015 for the Department of Finance to approve Long Range Property Management Plans (LRPMP), thereby avoiding the default of having the original provisions of ABx1 26 govern the disposal of real property. Removing this statutory deadline will ensure that all successor agencies receiving a finding of completion can dispose of properties via this planning process.
 
HOT AB 1970 (Gordon): California Global Warming Solution Act of 2006: Community Investment and Innovation Program.
Creates the Community Investment and Innovation Program and allocate monies to local governments for grants and other financial assistance to develop and implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects.
 
HOT AB 2280 (Alejo): Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities.
Authorizes the creation of a new entity at the local level called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) that would provide a redevelopment option for the most disadvantaged and poorest areas of our state.
 
A CRIA would be empowered to invest the property tax increment of consenting local agencies (other than schools) and other available funding to improve conditions leading to increased employment opportunities, including reducing high crime rates, repairing deteriorated and inadequate infrastructure, and developing affordable housing. Its powers and responsibilities would mirror those of former redevelopment agencies, but include new rigorous accountability standards.
 
AB 2493 (Bloom): Redevelopment dissolution: housing projects: bond proceeds.
Authorizes a successor housing entity, upon meeting certain requirements, to access 2011 bond proceeds for affordable housing purposes.
 
HOT SB 33 (Wolk): Infrastructure financing districts: voter approval: repeal.  
Provides much needed clarifications and improvements to Infrastructure Financing District (IFD) Law which will enable local agencies to use this tool for a wide variety of local infrastructure needs. California cities face many infrastructure challenges including deteriorated streets and roads and outdated sewer and water systems. SB 33 offers a viable option to assist with the funding of these critical needs.
 
HOT SB 69 (Roth): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle fee adjustments.
Restores funding stability to recently incorporated cities and cities that annexed inhabited territory, and establish a foundation to support sustainable and compact growth policies. Outlines a statutory formula that provides cities incorporated since 2004 and inhabited annexations with shares of property tax in lieu of the amount of vehicle license fee revenue they would have received in the prior 2004 VLF-property tax swap agreement.
 
HOT SB 1262 (Leno): Advanced mobile communications devices.
Requires any smartphone or tablet sold in California to include a technological solution that renders the essential functions of the device inoperable when stolen. This technological solution, or “kill switch,” would be activated remotely by the consumer using another electronic device (another smartphone, laptop or personal computer), and would require the consumer to enter his or her unique password, chosen at the time the smartphone was purchased, to activate this feature. Government action to require technological solutions such as that proposed by this bill, by removing incentive for such theft, will be a significant deterrent that will enhance public safety.
 
SB 1077 (DeSaulnier): Vehicles: vehicle-miles-traveled charges.
Requires the implementation of a pilot program designed to assess specific issues related to implementing a vehicle-miles-traveled fee in California.  
 
HOT SB 1129 (Steinberg): Redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies.
Addresses several important issues affecting redevelopment dissolution. SB 1129 seeks to free-up available funding to produce quality projects with high-paying construction jobs, expedite the approval and implementation of long range property management plans enabling affected communities to complete local projects, and provide additional certainty for agencies receiving a finding of completion.
 
CO-SPONSOR/ HOT SB 1262 (Correa): Medical marijuana: regulation.
Improves the regulation of medical cannabis in a matter that protects local control, addresses important public safety concerns, and enhances health and safety standards.
 
SB 1418 (DeSaulnier): Vehicle weight fees: transportation bond debt service.  
Repeals the provisions of current law that transfers weight fees from the State Highway Account for transportation-related general bond service debt. All weight fee revenues would stay in the State Highway Account and allocated as follows: 44percent directly to cities and counties for local streets and roads; and 56 percent to the State Highway Account (with a minimum of 21.43 percent dedicated to the SHOPP).
 
OPPOSE
 
HOT AB 194 (Campos): Open meetings: actions for violations.
Unnecessarily hinders the ability of local governments to make decisions on major projects and other matters of public importance. Seeks to use the Brown Act as a vehicle to sue to invalidate or delay actions taken by local governments. 
 
HOT AB 1035 (John A. Pérez): Workers’ compensation: firefighters and peace officers.
Dramatically increases workers’ compensation costs for local governments by extending the statute of limitations from 240 weeks to 420 weeks for presumptive death benefit claims for cancer, tuberculosis or MRSA to be filed on behalf of a firefighter or peace officer.
 
AB 1522 (Gonzalez): Employment: paid sick days.
Requires employers, including cities, counties and special districts to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
 
HOT AB 1894 (Ammiano): Medical marijuana.  
Significantly curtails local land use authority by preempting city ability to appropriately regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in their jurisdictions by delegating key local use and zoning powers to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Authorizes an entirely new horizon of marijuana use and for-profit sales by commercial operators.
 
HOT AB 2126 (Bonta): Meyers-Milias-Brown Act: mediation.
Removes balance points in the existing collective bargaining process to provide preferential treatment, leverage and delay mechanisms to public employee organizations to the detriment of public employers and their responsibility to make responsible decisions for local taxpayers.
 
HOT AB 2188 (Muratsuchi): Solar energy: permits.
Requires cities and counties to adopt a new, costly ordinance that would essentially create a separate permitting and inspection process specifically for residential solar installations of less than 10 kilowatts.
 
AB 2378 (Perea): Workers’ compensation: temporary disability payments.
Increases local government costs by expanding eligibility for temporary disability payments. 
 
HOT AB 2561 (Bradford): Personal and entrepreneurial agriculture: restrictions.
Requires cities and counties to allow each land use zone eligible for growing and selling agriculture, unless the local governing body determines that growing crops for human consumption within a particular area would pose a significant public health risk.
 
AB 2565 (Muratsuchi): Electric vehicles: offstreet parking facilities.
Requires, on or before July 1, 2015, an offstreet parking facility with more than 50 parking stalls or spaces to have at least 1 percent of the parking stalls or spaces within that facility designated for the exclusive use of electric vehicles and equipped with electric charging stations.
 
HOT AB 2715 (Hernández): District-based municipal elections.
Imposes sweeping and costly state mandates by amending the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA) to “impose” district-based elections on all general law cities with populations more than 100,000, effective July 1, 2015.
 
SB 1234 (Block): Workers’ compensation.
Dramatically expands eligibility for special workers’ compensation benefits that are limited in current law to only certain categories of peace officers.
 
SB 1270 (Pavley): Surface mining operations.
Erodes local lead agency authority to regulate local mining operations, setting a dangerous precedent of the state usurping local land use authority from local governments.


 
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